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The Oaksmere in Brome opens new bar, while historic Scole Inn goes up for sale

Brome, Suffolk. Owner of The Oaksmere Fraser Duffin who renovating the venue ANL-140705-162741001

Brome, Suffolk. Owner of The Oaksmere Fraser Duffin who renovating the venue ANL-140705-162741001

As one historic landmark hotel has opened, another has been put up for sale, it has been revealed.

The Oaksmere, formerly known as the Cornwallis Country House Hotel, in Rectory Road, Brome, opened its bar last weekend. New owner Fraser Duffin, who bought the Grade II listed property earlier this year said it has been “fantastically received” so far.

“We have got a team of local builders and craftsmen on the case sympathetically restoring the building,” he said. “Everyone who knew the old Oaksmere is delighted to have it back. Everyone has happy memories of a vibrant bar, happy people and great ale and that is what we want to get back.”

It is currently open, offering a bar and bar food, on weekday evenings, from 5pm, and at the weekends from noon. It is hoped the restaurant and rooms could be ready by the middle of June.

It has also been revealed The Scole Inn, in Ipswich Road, is up for sale. Current owners Oxford Hotels and Inns is seeking an offer in the region of £995,000 for the Grade I listed property. It is still trading as normal.

TWGaze licensed trade specialist Alan Crowest said: “Having known the Scole Inn for many years, it has been sad to see the ups and downs in trade and reputation experienced over the last decade.

“It is a truly magnificent building and I am sure that, in the right hands, it can once again be restored to its former glory and be one of the premier establishments in the region.”

 

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